Cambridge: Hakluyt Society - University Press, 1965. Near Fine in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition. [8.75x6in]; Vol. I - xii, 273 pp., four plates including frontispiece illustration of Carteret, two facsimile letters and one map, 11 maps with four folding out; Vol. II - vi, 275-564 pp., six plates including frontispiece of the ships Dolphin and Swallow, two facsimile portraits, three maps with one folding out, list of documents, bibliography and index; Light blue cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine, blind stamped borders and rules, gilt stamped sailing ship on front, all edges trimmed; Light blue dust jackets with black lettering, advertisements on back; Negligible shelf wear to covers, edges or corners, bookplate of Steve Fossett on front end paper with pencil notations; Minimal shelf wear to dust jackets with age toning spots and small chips and closed tears at bottom of spines with archival tape to stabilize, spine darkened and age toned. [Howgego I C52]. Item #13663
Philip Carteret (1733-1796) was a British Naval Officer, explorer and seigneur of Trinity, Jersey. After a varied naval assignments, Carteret was a lieutenant on the Dolphin commanded by John Byron on his 1764-66 circumnavigation voyage that rediscovered the Falkland Is. and claimed them for Great Britain. Due to bad weather, Byron had limited further discoveries in the Pacific. Upon return Carteret was appointed to command the Swallow and accompany Samuel Wallis on the Dolphin for another circumnavigation. This voyage was to expand on Byron's discoveries in the South Pacific, find the Terra Australis Incognito and explore the Northwest Coast of North America. After passing through the Magellan Strait, the the ships were separated in bad weather. Wallis made discovered Tahiti and the Society Islands, then proceeded west to discover or rediscover other islands, and was back in England 626 days without losing any crew. Carteret was not so fortunate, as the Swallow was small and unseaworthy. He sailed north to the Juan Fernandez Islands and then on to discover Pitcairn Is. and then chart other know and unknown islands. Due to bad weather and illness, he lost most of his crew.
Upon return to England, Carteret lodged complaints about the voyage and was not looked on favorably by the Admiralty. Later, John Hawksworth, used Carteret's journals in a book on the circumnavigation discoveries with many changes. Carteret drafted his version of the journals which were not published for almost 200 years until the Hakluyt Society initially asked Dr. H. J. Wood and then Helen Wallis to edit Carteret's journals & manuscript for this book.